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1 07, 2020

Parkinson’s Law and the Peter Principle – are they relevant to innovation?

By |2020-06-30T16:46:46+02:00July 1st, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

10 people write 10 reports in 10 hours. If you hire 10 more people how many reports will all 20 people write in the same time? 20, right? Wrong! According to Parkinson’s Law it’s still 10. Published in 1942, the theory states that “work expands to fill the time available to complete it”. The reasoning [...]

12 05, 2020

Here’s how you can come up with outside the box innovations

By |2020-05-12T12:40:12+02:00May 12th, 2020|Innovation|2 Comments

If you’ve been working in innovation for at least some time, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing people talk about “thinking outside the box”, or the need to create “outside the box innovations”. The phrase has become one of the most overused clichés out there. However, just like so many other clichés, there’s an [...]

26 03, 2020

Innovation fails because humans have emotions

By |2020-03-23T17:59:06+01:00March 26th, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

A while back, one of my consulting partners from another office asked me to review their client's innovation process. Their team had been engaged to review why their innovation process was not delivering results. Ideas were apparently being developed, but never successfully scaled within the company so that they were resulting in increased revenue. To [...]

25 03, 2020

The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

By |2020-03-23T18:07:44+01:00March 25th, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple. According to the legend, he came up with the theory of gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head, at which point it all suddenly dawned on him. We love to hear stories of these great aha moments. [...]

12 03, 2020

When tough times are ahead, you should double down on innovation

By |2020-03-12T17:39:43+01:00March 12th, 2020|Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership|1 Comment

As I’m writing this, the last couple of weeks have been quite eventful around the world. There’s a lot of uncertainty and even panic regarding the coronavirus, its current and potential impact on our economy, and of course, its effects on people all around the world. As a result, we’re seeing more and more action [...]

13 02, 2020

The latest digital innovations in Construction

By |2020-02-13T21:37:33+01:00February 13th, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

I'm currently on the train, coming back from the DigitalBAU expo in Cologne, where I had the pleasure of representing Z-LAB to new clients. It was fascinating to see all of the most recent developments and innovations which are coming to the construction industry in Germany in the coming months and years.Here are my takeaways [...]

29 01, 2020

The “average customer” does not exist, so stop designing products for fake personas

By |2020-01-29T22:53:06+01:00January 29th, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

What can Startups and Corporates learn from an obscure 1950 research study on the bodies of 4,063 Air Force personnel? A lot of companies say they put their customers at the heart of everything they do. These are the people who they design their products and services for. The customer is always right ...(?) And [...]

21 01, 2020

Innovation isn’t supposed to be fun

By |2020-01-21T21:28:24+01:00January 21st, 2020|Innovation|0 Comments

Gary Pisano, a Harvard Business School Professor, wrote an excellent article in HBR last year on the hard realities of what innovative company cultures actually look like, which I highly recommend every aspiring innovator to read. The bottom line? The inspiring and comfortable attributes, such as freedom, low hierarchy, and tolerance for failure that are associated with innovative company [...]

28 11, 2019

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

By |2019-11-28T02:40:02+01:00November 28th, 2019|Innovation|3 Comments

The image here is the list of exactly which capabilities your company needs to succeed at innovation. Read on to understand how it works and how to implement it yourself. Almost every business leader will tell you that they value innovation and that it is a positive & important factor for their company. In fact, [...]

27 11, 2019

What Do Top Corporate Innovators Get Right?

By |2019-11-27T03:44:11+01:00November 27th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

In our line of work, we get to talk with hundreds of leaders around the globe, and from virtually every industry. Most of them seem to intuitively understand the importance of innovation, but there’s still a lot of fluff, ambiguity and uncertainty regarding innovation as a topic. As a result, most leaders aren’t seeing the results they were [...]

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